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Image: Pluto's blue sky

Pluto's haze layer shows its blue color in this picture taken by the New Horizons Ralph/Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC). The high-altitude haze is thought to be similar in nature to that seen at Saturn's moon ...

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Dunes, dust devils and the Martian weather

I study how windblown desert features can be used to monitor wind patterns and atmospheric conditions in remote places, such as Mars, where there are plenty of pictures of the surface but not many instruments on the ground.

dateOct 08, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Orbiter views Mars surface fractures

The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter often takes images of Martian sand dunes to study the mobile soils. These images provide information about erosion and ...

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NASA measuring the pulsating aurora

Thanks to a lucky conjunction of two satellites, a ground-based array of all-sky cameras, and some spectacular aurora borealis, researchers have uncovered evidence for an unexpected role that electrons have in creating the ...

dateOct 07, 2015 in Space Exploration
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JPL's role in making 'Th Martian' a reality

When fictional astronaut Mark Watney becomes stranded alone on the Red Planet in the novel and film "The Martian," people and technology from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, play important roles ...

dateOct 06, 2015 in Space Exploration
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The DAVINCI spacecraft

It's no secret that there has been a resurgence in interest in space exploration in recent years. Much of the credit for this goes to NASA's ongoing exploration efforts on Mars, which in the past few years have revealed things ...

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How to prepare for Mars? NASA consults Navy sub force

As NASA contemplates a manned voyage to Mars and the effects missions deeper into space could have on astronauts, it's tapping research from another outfit with experience sending people to the deep: the U.S. Navy submarine ...

Curiosity's drill hole and location are picture perfect

On Tuesday, Sept. 29, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover drilled its eighth hole on Mars, and its fifth since reaching Mount Sharp one year ago. The drilling of the hole 2.6-inches (65 millimeters) deep in a rock the team labeled ...

Rosetta comet likely formed from two separate objects

The characteristic "rubber duck" shape of the comet carrying a European robot probe through space was the result of a low-velocity impact billions of years ago between two objects which fused, a study said Monday.

Dawn team shares new maps and insights about Ceres

Mysteries and insights about Ceres are being discussed this week at the European Planetary Science Conference in Nantes, France. NASA's Dawn spacecraft is providing scientists with tantalizing views and other data about the ...

Rosetta's first peek at the comet's south pole

Using the Microwave Instrument for the Rosetta Orbiter (MIRO), scientists have studied the comet's southern polar regions at the end of their long winter season. The data suggest that these dark, cold regions host ice within ...

Keeping cells in good shape

People often talk about how important it is to stay in shape, something humans usually can accomplish with exercise and a healthy diet, and other habits. But chances are, few of us ever think about the shape of our individual ...

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The fact and fiction of Martian dust storms
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New Horizons mission exceeds expectations
New Image of Pluto: 'Houston, We Have Geology'
Saturn's outer ring much bigger than thought
Martian glass: Window into possible past life?
'Blowing my mind': Peaks on Pluto, canyons on Charon
Unusual interactions between Pluto's moons
Japan announces plans to send probe to Martian moon
Do micro-organisms explain features on comets?
Research may solve lunar fire fountain mystery

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